Tue February 20, 2018

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Proverbs 21 (New King James Version)

1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD,
Like the rivers of water;
He turns it wherever He wishes.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
But the LORD weighs the hearts.
3 To do righteousness and justice
Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
4 A haughty look, a proud heart,
And the plowing[a] of the wicked are sin.
5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty,
But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue
Isthe fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.[b]
7 The violence of the wicked will destroy them,[c]
Because they refuse to do justice.
8 The way of a guilty man is perverse;[d]
But as for the pure, his work is right.
9 Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop,
Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
10 The soul of the wicked desires evil;
His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
11 When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise;
But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
12 The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked,
Overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness.
13 Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be heard.
14 A gift in secret pacifies anger,
And a bribe behind the back,[e] strong wrath.
15 It is a joy for the just to do justice,
But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding
Will rest in the assembly of the dead.
17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man;
He who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous,
And the unfaithful for the upright.
19 Better to dwell in the wilderness,
Than with a contentious and angry woman.
20 There is desirable treasure,
And oil in the dwelling of the wise,
But a foolish man squanders it.
21 He who follows righteousness and mercy
Finds life, righteousness, and honor.
22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty,
And brings down the trusted stronghold.
23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue
Keeps his soul from troubles.
24 A proud and haughty man—“Scoffer” is his name;
He acts with arrogant pride.
25 The desire of the lazy man kills him,
For his hands refuse to labor.
26 He covets greedily all day long,
But the righteous gives and does not spare.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;
How much more when he brings it with wicked intent!
28 A false witness shall perish,
But the man who hears him will speak endlessly.
29 A wicked man hardens his face,
But as for the upright, he establishes[f] his way.
30 There is no wisdom or understanding
Or counsel against the LORD.
31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But deliverance is of the LORD.

 

 

SPREAD THE GOSPEL TO EVERYONE

“Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (I Corinthians 9:16)

An old Gypsy woman wandering through Eastern Europe happened to pass by a small building. From it came sound of people singing. Out of curiosity, she stepped inside and found a church service in progress. On hearing the gospel message of God’s love and His forgiveness that is extended through His Son Jesus her heart was touched. She met the pastor after the service who prayed with her and led her to a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. The old Gypsy, a member of a rejected minority in society, was so thrilled by God’s love and His acceptance that as she went out in the streets she told everyone – the passersby, the shopkeepers in the stores – “God loves you”. One day soon after this experience she walked past the train station where she saw two drunkards in utter hopeless condition. As she had been tirelessly telling everyone else, she repeated the same words. “God loves you” to these men too. One of the drunkard responded by slapping her on the face. As the woman recovered from the emotional shock and physical pain she blurted out, “God loves you and I forgive you”. The drunkard slapped her again and again and the woman kept on repeating the same words till she fell unconscious on the ground. Christians in the town heard this, and took care of her till she became alright. Once again, she was on her own telling everyone of God’s love. Almost a year passed and one day a man met her and told her that he was the drunkard who slapped her brutally. He said that he had become a Christian after his encounter with her and was in search of her all these days to tell her that he was sorry for what he did. The Gypsy woman was overwhelmed. Both of them knelt down on the street thanking God for His love, mercy and grace!

Dear friends, salvation is the greatest gift offered by God to the sinful world through His Son Jesus. If you have truly experienced this love and forgiveness of God through salvation, indeed you cannot keep quiet but your heart will overflow with God’s love. You will not rest until you share your joy with others like that old Gypsy woman. So, do not try to withhold the good news to yourself but proclaim it to others whenever you get an opportunity.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, how great is the gift of salvation You have given to me, a wretched sinner! How great is Your love for me that You came in search for me and accepted me as Your child, though unworthy I am! Let me proclaim this good news to everyone I meet. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

 

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Proverbs 1

The Beginning of Knowledge

1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
4 To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion—
5 A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Shun Evil Counsel

8 My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
Do not consent.
11 If they say, “Come with us,
Let us lie in wait to shed blood;
Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol,[a]
And whole, like those who go down to the Pit;
13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions,
We shall fill our houses with spoil;
14 Cast in your lot among us,
Let us all have one purse”—
15 My son, do not walk in the way with them,
Keep your foot from their path;
16 For their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely, in vain the net is spread
In the sight of any bird;
18 But they lie in wait for their own blood,
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.

The Call of Wisdom

20 Wisdom calls aloud outside;
She raises her voice in the open squares.
21 She cries out in the chief concourses,[b]
At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:
22 “ How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
For scorners delight in their scorning,
And fools hate knowledge.
23 Turn at my rebuke;
Surely I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
24 Because I have called and you refused,
I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,
25 Because you disdained all my counsel,
And would have none of my rebuke,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your terror comes,
27 When your terror comes like a storm,
And your destruction comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.
28 “ Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the LORD,
30 They would have none of my counsel
And despised my every rebuke.
31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,
And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.”

 

 

SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE CHILD

“He who spares the rod hates his son. but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” (Proverbs 13:24)

I know a mother who always justified the action of her child right from his childhood even when he did something that was blatantly wrong. She even used to comment, "See, how intelligent my son is! He is wise enough to escape unscathed in whatever he does." Today, she is lamenting about the life of her son which has brought shame and pain to her life. What is the reason? She relented to correct her child, and use the rod to mildly punish him so that any unwise thought in his mind could be removed. Instead, she inadvertently put a wrong perspective in his mind by her undue appreciation.

In today's text, we find the wise-man advising a parent to use corrective measures in the right proportion and with the right intention so that the child may be led in such a way to choose the path of righteousness and escape death. We must know that an unbridled horse always goes berserk to its own detriment. Likewise, a child left to his own ways will fall into severe temptations of this evil world and commit sins that may spoil his health, killing him at an early age, bringing untimely death. The second reason why we should correct a child is that by committing sin, he not only corrupts his body but he also dies in his soul, thus bringing condemnation on himself. He has no other choice but to go to the place of eternal condemnation - the hell - and to be tortured in the blazing fire. Yes, a timely chastisement is worth a million, as it will prevent a child from indulging from perilous sins

So, dear friends, it is high time we stop pampering our little children, and start correcting them when they go wrong or do wrong. Let us not think that by doing so we are standing in their way. In fact, we are paving the way for their bright future here and hereafter. May the Lord give us, as responsible parents, the wisdom to save our children from death and hell.

PRAYER: Dear God, help me to teach my children the righteous path they have to take in order to escape eternal hell and condemnation. Let me not think that I should not stand in their way, but let me understand that by correcting them in time I only pave the way for their bright future. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

 

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